Regional Knowledge Sharing Event: Air Quality and Climate Benefits of Energy Policies


Regional Knowledge Sharing Event: Air Quality and Climate Benefits of Energy Policies

26 June 2023


The energy sector plays a significant role in addressing air pollution and climate change. The generation of energy, together with residential energy use and industrial processes, are the key contributing sectors to global PM2.5 exposure and the corresponding health burden of an estimated 1.6 million annual premature deaths1. In 2020, 13.6 gigatonnes (Gt) of CO2 emissions were emitted from the electricity and heat production sector, with Asia accounting for 9.2 Gt, or 67.6% of the global total2. In order to reduce emissions and their negative impacts on the environment and public health, as well as to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting the increase in global temperature to 1.5°C by 2050, urgent action through integrated clean air and climate action plans and policies is needed.

Countries around the world, especially in Asia, are committed to meeting their air quality targets through national clean air action plans and policies. In the COP27, several countries made significant commitments to move away from coal use and transition towards clean energy to achieve net zero emissions. Countries in Asia, such as the People’s Republic of China (PRC), India, and Indonesia, pledged to retire coal-fired power plants (CFPs), prevent the entry of new coal plants, and avoid the funding of new fossil power projects. Ambitious goals on increasing the share of renewable energy sources in the energy mix have been announced, together with more stringent policies on monitoring and reducing emissions from the energy and industry sector. The increase in the use of renewable energy has resulted in significant decrease in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Asia3, while estimates show that more than half a million premature deaths globally can be avoided by eliminating coal-driven fossil fuel combustion1.


The South - South Knowledge Sharing on Air Quality and Carbon Neutrality project supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) aims to facilitate sharing of best practices on improving air quality and reducing carbon emissions. This event brought together all interested stakeholders to discuss the air quality and climate benefits of implementing policies to support a just energy transition, highlighting key success factors and considerations to ensure applicability in the regional and local context. The seminar provided an overview of the energy outlook in the region and the potential impacts of energy transition to air quality. Practical approaches on energy policy development and implementation will be discussed by regional experts, with emphasis on the needs and considerations to ensure success and sustainability of solutions.

Program and Learning Materials: 
Date Session / Activity Presentation Material Speaker(s)
26 Jun 2023 Opening Welcome remarks Joonho Hwang, Director of Energy Division, CWRD, ADB
26 Jun 2023 Event overview Overview of the South - South Knowledge Sharing on Air Quality and Carbon Neutrality project and presentation of the workshop agenda Glynda Bathan-Baterina, Deputy Executive Director, Clean Air Asia
26 Jun 2023 Navigating a secure Energy Transition in ASEAN
This presentation gave an overview of the energy outlook in ASEAN region.
Zulfikar Yurnaidi
26 Jun 2023 Guidance Framework towards Clean Air and Clean Energy in Asia
This presentation discussed the role of the Community of Practice and Clean Air Asia’s Guidance Framework towards Clean Air and Clean Energy.
Everlyn Gayle Tamayo-Araneta
26 Jun 2023 Q&A Moderated by Dang Casanova, Clean Air Asia
26 Jun 2023 Key Indicators and Policies on Air Quality, Carbon Emission and Energy in Asia
This presentation discussed about the linking policies on air quality, carbon emission, and energy generation and use in Asia: Lessons learned from PRC...
Wei Wan
26 Jun 2023 Recommendations and Lessons learned on the Energy Transition of SEA countries
This presentation discussedrecommendations and lessons learned from Southeast Asia’s Energy Transition.
Achmed Shahram Edianto
26 Jun 2023 Health Break
26 Jun 2023 ADB's Energy Transition Mechanism (ETM)
This presentation gave an overview of The Energy Transition Mechanism of the ADB.
Ayato Kurokawa
26 Jun 2023 Closing statement Karma Yangzom, ADB


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